Popular pastor’s simulcast to air this week in Jasper
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 11, 2013 | 2012 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new group called The Hope Coalition will be hosting David Platt’s “Follow Me” simulcast next Wednesday at the Community Health Systems Activites Center in Jasper.

The doors open at 4:30 p.m. The simulcast will start at 5 p.m. and is expected to last an hour and a half.

Worship will be led by Marc Phillips and Kim Dunn.

There is no charge to attend.

“It’s a non-denominational community event to emphasize the need for supporting ministries of all kinds, both domestic and international,” said Hope Coalition spokesperson Carrie Rogers.

Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, will be speaking from an undisclosed location in the Middle East on the cost of discipleship.

In his new book “Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live,” Platt argues that people are being misled about what it means to be a follower of Christ.

“Scores of men, women and children have been told that becoming a follower of Jesus simply involves believing certain truths or saying certain words. As a result, churches today are filled with people who believe they are Christians...but aren’t,” according to promotional materials for the simulcast.

Platt’s other books are “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream” and “Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.”

The Hope Coalition is a partnership of several area churches with two local nonprofits, Hope for Women and Life is Hope.

Hope for Women is a recovery center for women struggling with substance abuse.

Life is Hope funds and supports an orphanage of the same name in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Other nonprofits are also welcome to join The Hope Coalition.

“We hope to do a couple events throughout the year to keep an emphasis on the needs that are out there in our community,” Rogers said.